Leading Cases in the Common Law

Paperback | October 1, 1996

byA. W. Brian Simpson

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This book offers a collection of essays by arguably the most popular legal historian writing today. Most of the essays have not been previously published, and those which have appeared previously have been re-written to make the collection read more coherently. The collection is centred uponthe theme of the leading case - a case where the judgment has established a long-lasting or far reaching precedent in common law, and the author has selected a number of these cases in order to illustrate how the precedents established by the cases have little or nothing to do with the trialsthemselves.

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This book offers a collection of essays by arguably the most popular legal historian writing today. Most of the essays have not been previously published, and those which have appeared previously have been re-written to make the collection read more coherently. The collection is centred uponthe theme of the leading case - a case wher...

A. W. Brian Simpson is at University of Michigan.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:324 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:October 1, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019826299X

ISBN - 13:9780198262992

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Table of Contents

IntroductionThe Study of CasesPolitics and Law in Elizabethan England: Shelley's CaseThe Timeless Principles of Common Law: Keeble V. Hickeringill (1707)Legal Science and Legal Absurdity: Jee v. AudleyThe Beauty of Obscurity Raffles v. Wickelhaus and BuschVictorian Judges and the Problems of Social Cost: Tipping v. St Helen's Smelting Company (1865)Bursting Reservoirs and Victorian Tort Law: Rylands and Horrocks v. Fletcher (1868)The Ideal of the Rule of Law: Regina v. Keyn (1876)Quackery and Contract Law: Carlill v. Carbolic Smoke Ball Company (1893)

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'Three of four of the ten pieces in this collection were published earlier, and some are already modern classics...These pieces show an astonishing erudition and breadth of historical knowledge, and will delight and instruct both specialists and general readers... This summary of the contentsshould justify any lover of the common law in reading the book... He is born story-teller, and often the case-law he selects seems only to be a pretext to tell the reader something interesting and amusing about the past...May we see many more books flow from Professor Simpson's wonderful andoriginal pen.'